Legal Practice Management Victoria - Presenters

Legal Practice Management Victoria - Presenters


Your presenters are all experienced Victorian-based professionals with a wealth of expertise in their fields and a deep understanding of the profession's needs.


Course facilitator: Leonie Green

Director & Founder, Corvus Group Australia

Leonie works as a coach, facilitator and business advisor on all things people related, and is a certified MBTI practitioner.

Leonie has a Masters in Workplace and Employment Law from Monash University. Leonie worked in private practise as an employment and industrial relations lawyer for nearly 10 years before leaping into a series of roles in the multi-national corporate world including Group Industrial Relations Manager, Group Shared Services Manager and HR Director (Aus/NZ).

In 2014 Leonie launched her first business, Conscious Workplace and her second business Corvus Group Australia in 2017.

Stephen Bubb

Risk Manager, Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee (LPLC)

Stephen was appointed as a risk manager by Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee (LPLC) in January 2016. He has over 30 years experience in private practice and understands the challenges that practitioners face. He is focused on the benefits of good legal practice management.

David Bushby

Managing Director, InCounsel

David is deeply passionate about the future of work and how technology can improve legal practice. His legal career has spanned both private practice and in-house roles, and since 2009 he has been building startups within the legal sector. David is currently the Managing Director of InCounsel, helping legal professionals pursue more flexible ways of working. He's also the founder of Law Hackers, a weekly newsletter featuring four #Lawtech startups each week from around the world that are making an impact. Over 720 legal startups have been featured since 2014.

Donna Cooper

Consultant, Ethics 4 Lawyers

Donna Cooper is an Australian Legal Practitioner. Before becoming a member of the ethics4lawyers team, Donna was the Manager of the Ethics & Professional Practice Department at the Law Institute of Victoria, and was also the Secretary of the LIV Ethics Committee and the Ethics Liaison Group. Prior to her 10 years with the Law Institute, Donna worked in the Legal Branch of the Titles Office as a lawyer and Assistant Registrar of Titles. Donna originally completed her Articles with a highly regarded boutique commercial law firm. Donna is an experienced and engaging presenter with broad experience across all general practice areas. Donna maintains a keen interest in property law, and is a current member of the Alfred Hospital Ethics Committee.

Michael Dolan

Director, Ethics 4 Lawyers

Michael Dolan is an Australian Legal Practitioner. Michael joined ethics4lawyers after a legal career spanning over 45 years, including 20 years as a senior executive in the electricity supply and mobile telephone industries in Australia and the UK. More recently Michael was a senior ethics solicitor at the Law Institute of Victoria for the past 7 years. Michael is passionate about legal ethics and enjoys advising and assisting other lawyers respond to their ethical challenges as well as presenting highly interactive educational seminars for them. Michael has written and contributed to several published articles on ethics over the past few years and has anchored several DVDs on the topic.

Ben Lethborg

Partner/Executive Director, Pitcher Partners

Ben is a Partner/Executive Director in the Private Clients team, specialising in business management, accounting and taxation solutions. Ben was admitted to the partnership in 2017 and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. A Bachelor of Business degree from Swinburne University and a Diploma in Financial Planning from Kaplan Business School means clients are afforded even more insightful business advice.

Having joined Pitcher Partners in 2007, Ben brings more than ten years’ experience providing business advisory, financial and taxation services to private and family owned businesses and providing support to their management.

Ben has worked with clients in diverse industries including property development and construction, professional service providers, hotels and accommodation, legal services and the superannuation industry.

Sarah Rey

Managing Partner, Justitia

Sarah Rey is the managing partner of award-winning workplace-relations law firm Justitia. Sarah’s principal practice areas span human resources law, employment and discrimination advice and litigation, arbitrating Code of Conduct breaches, workplace legal training and investigations into employee misconduct and bullying. As a trained mediator, Sarah also has a particular interest in early intervention to resolve conflict.

Earlier this year (2018), Sarah was recognised by the highly prestigious Doyle’s Guide as one of Victoria’s “leading employer-focused Victorian employment lawyers”. At the same time Justitia was also recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a “leading employer-focused Victorian employment law firm”. In previous years the firm has received numerous awards including “Law Firm of the Year” from the Law Institute of Victoria.

Steve Robertson


Steve started his career as a lawyer, working in private practice at a corporate and commercial law firm for four years before moving into an in-house legal role in the energy sector.

He subsequently joined a retail water business, City West Water, as General Counsel & Company Secretary and progressively transitioned into broader general management roles responsible for a range of corporate service functions including finance, information technology and human resources.

From April 2015 until June 2017, Steve consulted to the ASX-listed law firm, Slater & Gordon, where he was responsible for the successful delivery of a key finance initiative spanning the firm’s Australian and UK operations; the review of a restructuring program across Slater & Gordon’s UK business; and leadership of a performance improvement program for Slater & Gordon’s Australian business.

Steve most recently consulted to Gordon Legal in the role of Chief Operating Officer.

ARUNA COLOMBATHANTRI Managing Partner Australian Public Accountants

Aruna Colombathantri

Managing Partner, Australian Public Accountants

Aruna is a CPA/ IPA Accountant and a Lawyer in Australia having overseas experience as a Chartered Accountant and a Lawyer. Due to his multidisciplinary background, he understands accounting and legal dynamics very well and is able to apply his own experience to identify the best solutions for Lawyers.

Aruna has previously worked as an Investigator at the Law Institute of Victoria together with the Legal Services Board + Commissioner for over nine years. During this period, he has investigated over 600 law practices throughout Victoria, ranging from small practitioners to top tier law firms. Aruna has worked at KPMG and Ernst & Young overseas.

He is a passionate and accomplished Accountant as well as a Lawyer, with a strong reputation for delivering personalised, practical solutions for Lawyers. Aruna is highly regarded for his hands-on approach and his willingness to provide independent advice on trust account compliance issues to Lawyers.

Aruna possesses extensive experience in providing advice on forensic accounting, trust account compliance, investigations and trust account audits.

Melissa Lyon

Melissa Lyons

Hive Legal

Melissa is a Business Development and Innovation specialist committed to assisting professional services organisations develop and utilise client focussed and human centred skills through design thinking. To do this she draws on many years of experience in legal practice, including as a partner of a law firm. She has also held senior business development roles, including managing BD teams and leading numerous projects and programs at a top tier legal firm.

Melissa now works with Hive Legal, an innovative NewLaw firm which has disrupted the legal profession by introducing value pricing, truly flexible work practices and technology based solutions for its clients.

Working in this innovative environment has inspired Melissa to develop a different approach to business development and innovation programs based on a design thinking framework and the power of purpose (HiveThinkP). She is a skilled facilitator and assists clients to develop human centred projects through interactive workshops and design sprints.

She was named Business Development Professional of the Year in 2017 (Australian Law Awards), is a member of the Centre for Legal Innovation’s Advisory Board and Chapter Lead and Member of the Steering Group of the Chief innovation Officer’s Forum.